Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others
Where do our journeys take us? What do we leave behind? What do we carry with us? How do we find our way?
You are invited to consider a more graceful way of traveling through life. With arresting clarity, this slim spiritual companion offers vignettes of forty travelers and the few, ordinary things they carried with them-from place to place, from day to day, from birth to death.
What Thoreau took to Walden Pond. What Thomas Merton packed for his final trip to Asia. What
Annie Dillard keeps in her writing tent. What Edward Abbey and a friend packed (and forgot to pack) for a float trip down the Colorado River. What an impoverished cook served M. F. K. Fisher for dinner. Gandhi's possessions at the time of his death.
These vignettes create a spare poetry, a meditation on unencumbered living. In its own quiet way, this book ponders the light by which we travel, the light that guides our way-our traveling light. Not a "simple living" book, reciting tips for how to pinch pennies or get rid of clutter, but a book to be savored slowly, to remind us what is truly essential.